An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme World of My Own believed transmitted in February 1969 looking at the life and views of the 90th Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Dr Ian Thomas Ramsey. The programme follows him in his daily work from his home at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland through to Durham Cathedral. On a train to Leeds, he discusses some of his views on politics and in a local clothing boutique in Newcastle holds an impromptu discussion with young people. Dr Ramsey is also filmed conducting a wedding service and visiting prisoners in Durham Prison.
A documentary-drama produced by The Home Mission Department of the Methodist Church of Great Britain on the importance of faith, and in particular the Methodist faith, in the daily lives of miners. The film begins with footage of working life down the mine and then life for the miner at home. This is followed by two scripted sequences that look at the history of Methodism and why Methodism is important for today’s miners in comparison to Communism. The final section of the film shows Methodist minsters and preachers at work in local communities around County Durham and South Wales and includes footage from a Durham Miners Gala.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.
An amateur documentary film that shows the different activities of the Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade's Life Boys, and may have been used in recruitment campaigns.
An amateur film showing the opening of the Durham County Constabulary headquarters at Aycliffe and the Harperley Hall training college at Harperley Hall near Crook by the Rt. Hon. James Charter Ede on the 19th April 1947.
This costume drama was produced by Arthur G. Greaves and the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It tells the story of the tragic romance of Lady Olga Rivers and Paul Beverley, friends since childhood. In the 16th century, during the reign of Henry VIII, Lady Olga’s father is executed and an evil Duke seizes her home and land, and demands that she marries his son. Lady Olga instead seeks refuge in a convent with her lady companion and sends word to Paul who has taken up his post as Admiral in the King’s fleet. Paul Beverley returns to rescue his lover. Locations used in the film include Durham Castle and Cathedral.
An amateur film made by Michael Gough of events and activities taking place in and around the city of Durham as part of the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the city by Bishop Hugh de Puiset in 1079. The film begins with a history of the city taking in a number of views as well as footage from Lindisfarne Priory on Holy Island. A parade into the city by marching bands and people in historic costumes is followed by a view from Durham Racecourse showing children’s rides, a hog roast and an English Civil War re-enactment. There are views of a performance of a Mystery Play and on Durham Market Place there are views from a medieval market including singing mistrals and folk dancing. On Palace Green there are views of Durham University’s graduation ceremony. The final part of the film shows the procession of banners and bands past The County Hotel as part of the Durham Miners Gala featuring Prime Minister James Callaghan.
This film by the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society records rehearsals and, perhaps, part of a performance of the Pageant of Chester le Street, which took place nightly at Lumley Castle between 26 June and 1 July, 1967. The event marked the Septecentenary of the Parish Church 1267-1967 and was a presentation by the Restoration Committee of the Parochial Church Council. The focus is on performers, many of them children, in the grounds and on the balconies of the castle. The scenes include many casual moments and a recreation of the legend of the Lambton Worm.
A sombre film made by students of Bede College in Durham about memory and death. The film is played to Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Albinoni with a commentary given by two men reading from Dostoevsky and the short fable ‘The Invention of the Devil’ by Franz Kafka. Filmed at night, views of Durham Cathedral are followed by a young woman walking through a churchyard. She looks at a gravestone before going inside and sits at a pew looking mournful. The film ends with her getting up and leaving.
An amateur film by David Williams of The Gospel Story in Flowers festival taking place inside St Nicholas' Church on Durham's Market Place in July 1996. The film begins with the church being prepared for the festival and the flowers arriving. A sermon is given in the church followed by various views of the many displays of flowers that have all been designed to tells the story of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the St John's Gospel. A musical concert follows next and a sermon given by Fiona Castle. The film ends on a violin solo with piano accompaniment comes next intercut with more views from around the church.
An amateur film by David Williams of a memorial service taking place beside the Bede College Memorial Cross in Durham in memory of the Bede Men who fell at Gravenstafel Ridge on the 25th April 1915. The film shows various speeches being given, prayers said and hymns sung with music provided by The Burah Band of the Durham Light Infantry who stand nearby. Following the playing of ‘The Last Post’ , a wreath is laid and the service brought to a close. The film part of the film shows the Burah Band performing on stage.